Rare Book Monthly

Articles - September - 2019 Issue

Here is How to Search All of the Auctions with One Mouse Click

Upcoming auction lot listings for "Twain."

We are about to enter the busy season for book and paper auctions. From now through the winter holidays you can expect to see the most, and much of the best material come up for sale. With so many auction houses holding so many sales, it can be almost impossible to find what you want. Don't worry. We've got you covered. The Rare Book Hub has all sorts of tools to help you find what you want.

 

If you are concerned about the cost of all this, no need to worry about that either. It's free. Some things can be accessed by just visiting the site. Others, such as those providing personal notification of desired listings, naturally need you to be a signed in member of the site so we can find you. However, these are available at any membership level, including free. There are lots of great services also available to paid members, such as access to the database of 9+ million records of past sales, but we will save the sales pitch for another day. This is the free stuff.

 

Here are some ways to search for auction lots of interest.

 

1. The easiest way to search for something is in the search bar at the top of this and most pages on the site. Chances are, it is already set for searching "Upcoming Auctions," but if not, click the little arrow next to the box and choose "Upcoming Auctions." Then, just enter your keyword(s) and click "Search." It doesn't get any simpler than that. If your keywords are found in any lots coming up for auction soon, you will see the matches in a split second.

 

Now for some quick advice. Keep your keywords as short as possible. One word is better than two. "Twain" is better than "Mark Twain." "Huckleberry" is better than "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer's Comrade." The reason is that it must match every word you enter. "Mark Twain" will not match "M. Twain," but "Twain" will. If you are searching the 9+ million database of past records, you may need to find ways to limit the number of matches so as not to be overwhelmed. Last I looked, there were 1,923 "Twain" matches. Searching AbeBooks, which probably has over 100 million listings, will be even worse (161,749 for Twain last I checked). With the upcoming auctions, the database at any one time may have 30,000 or 50,000 or 80,000 lots. You will not be overwhelmed (like 12). If you get an occasional Shania Twain item you can deal with it. Don't miss out on something you want by being too cute.

 

2. Part of the reason there are fewer auction lots than book listings on AbeBooks or Amazon is that those listings may stay posted for years. Auction lots are constantly turning over, many only posted a few days before they are gone. The result is you need to come back frequently, no more than a few days apart, maybe less. If you have just one keyword, that isn't a big deal. If you have a bunch of them to search each time, that is a nuisance. You won't do it. That is why there is Matchmaker.

 

If you look at the top of the page, you will see a tab for Matchmaker. Here is how it works. First, you need to be signed in. If you are not yet a member, go to the Become a Member page (upper right corner of this page or rarebookhub.com/pages/become_member), sign up at any level, including free, and when you receive your password, log in (you can change your password to something more convenient on the "My Account" page). Then click the Matchmaker tab on the top toolbar. There you will see an "Add Keywords" tab to enter your search terms. That's it. Tomorrow, you will have your first set of matches. It will match every upcoming lot in the auction database. From then on, everyday you will receive new matches only for lots entered the preceding day. You will also see a tab for Matchmaker Preferences. That will allow you to receive an email every day you have matches. That way, you won't have to check to see if there is something new. If you prefer not to receive emails, you can turn them off.

 

3. Then there is always the old fashioned way. If you click on the date (September 2019) on the small calendar on the home page (or click here), you will go to a large calendar which displays every upcoming auction (and recent past ones). If the auction is in green, it means the lots are listed. If it is green and checked, results are in. You can go through the listings of any auction that interests you. That is not as fast as a keyword search for locating a particular item, but for browsing lots, this is the way. All of the auctions are here together for you, rather than having to track down many sites.

 

The first page you will see when clicking on an auction presents the lots in list form. Click on the title for a detailed lot description. You will need to be logged in to see the detailed description, but that is available with memberships at any level, including free. Also, many houses place box ads for their sales on the site when they feel they have particularly interesting material. Just click one of those boxes to see what they have.

Rare Book Monthly

  • ALDE, May 28: KIPLING (RUDYARD). Le Livre de la Jungle. – Le IIe livre de la Jungle. Paris, Sagittaire, Simon Kra, 1924-1925. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: NOAILLES (ANNA DE). Les Climats. Paris, Société du Livre contemporain, 1924. €50,000 to €60,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MILTON (JOHN). Paradis perdu. Quatrième chant. S.l., Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1974. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LEBEDEV (VLADIMIR). Russian Placards - Placard Russe 1917-1922. Saint-Petersbourg, Sterletz, 1923. €1,000 to €1,200.
    ALDE, May 28: MARDRUS (JOSEPH-CHARLES). Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1927. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: TABLEAUX DE PARIS. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1927. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE). Les Fables illustrées par Paul Jouve. S.l. [Lausanne], Gonin & Cie, 1929. €4,000 to €5,000.
    ALDE, May 28: SARTRE (JEAN-PAUL). Vingt-deux dessins sur le thème du désir. Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1961. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: [BRAQUE (GEORGES)]. 13 mai 1962. Alès, PAB, 1962. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MIRÓ (JOAN). Je travaille comme un jardinier. Avant-propos d'Yvon Taillandier. Paris, Société intenationale d'art XXe siècle, 1963. €1,000 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MAGNAN (JEAN-MARIE). Taureaux. Paris, Michèle Trinckvel, 1965. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: PICASSO (PABLO). Dans l'atelier de Picasso. 1960. €15,000 to €20,000.
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.
  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000

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